After the birth process when you enter the breastfeeding zone the next most important tasks for the new moms, “How often should I feed my baby?” “should I have to maintain a schedule for feeding?” Uhh…What a confusion for a new mom what should she do-with Breastfeeding On Demand Vs. Breastfeeding On Schedule?
Ignore all advice around from friends, neighbors, and the people who think that have been mastering breastfeeding! It can be hard to get unbiased information from family and friends.
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Breastfeeding on demand is beneficial for both the baby and the mom. Breastfeeding is a natural process for babies as they are looking or cueing to feed with an open mouth that searching for nipples. Offer your breast, the baby smoothly starts to latch the nipple. That’s all!
How Often you should feed to the baby?
Breastmilk is made up of 88% water. the only nutrition source for the baby. Newborn wants to feed often as they become hungry after urinating. Nursing 8 to 10 times a day helps the baby to stay healthy and grow well.
Breast milk is digested easily and babies have a very small stomach. frequent feeding from 10 minutes to 6o minutes helps them to stay full. Time varies from baby to baby and on their latching ability.
This cluster feeding helps the baby to grow their tummy and other body organs. This frequent feeding helps your body to increase breast milk supply.
If you ignore your baby’s cues, you’ll suffer from low breastmilk supply. Read the topic of the causes of low supply.
Breastfeeding on demand benefited to increase breast milk supply as milk production works on supply and demand law.
What are the signs that indicate the baby is hungry?
- The baby is moving his head from side to side
- He/she is turning the face towards your breasts when you hold the baby
- He sucking his own lips or licking his tongue
- Trying to put the fingers in the mouth
- The baby moving the arms and legs all around
- Wakes up and alert instantly
- The baby is fussier when he’s hungry
- Trying to make different sounds of cooing, sighing
Your body also signals when it’s time to feed as your breast storage capacity is finished. You feel the sensation to release milk.
If you have small size breasts, it full often, best is to feed your baby or express milk via a breast pump.
Benefits Of Feeding On Demand
Breastfeeding on demand keeps your baby full. Child development studies show that when a baby is fed promptly it improves their physical, mental, and social well-being.
1. Breastfeeding on demand increase milk supply
Feeding on demand helps to keep the milk flowing. Breast milk always depends upon supply/demand.
That means the more your baby eats the more milk your body makes.
2. Allow Baby to Self-Regulate
Feeding on demand allows the baby to learn itself the difference between feeling hungry and full. Your baby self learns how many calories intake.
When you start feeding on demand from an early age, it helps the baby to strengthen the ability to suck milk properly.
3. Bonding With Baby
Breastfeeding is more than eating when you start feeding your baby, a lot of happy hormones realize that promote bonding with your baby.
Touch therapy and skin-to-skin with your baby can strengthen the bonding between both.
Breastfeeding on demand makes fussy baby quite and playful. He automatically stops crying when you keep the baby close by you for nursing. Skin-to-skin plays an important role to make the baby calm and relaxed.
While breastfeeding you can talk and play with your baby, this result baby develop early communication skills. Playing with baby teach them how to interact with the people.
4. Baby Development
If you not feeding on demand then it adversely affects your baby development. Hunger releases a stress hormone called cortisol.
Studies show that cortisol can lead to physically and mentally poor development in kids. Feeding on demand releases oxytocin an antidote to the cortisol.
Make your baby feel secure and safe that helps the baby develops strong bonds and communication skills.
5. Growth and Immunity
Breastfeeding provides natural nutrition for infants. Breast milk contains numerous protective factors to fight with infectious diseases and influence immune system development.
The amazing benefits of breastmilk as the nutrients change according to baby age and needs.
Nutrients change to support your growing baby needs. Your baby feeds mote to get a bigger calorie intake for development.
What To Do With Schedule Feeding
After 3-4 months you may notice a change for example, your baby begins to space between feeding on 2 hours to 3-4 hours. Now it is the best time to create a breastfeeding schedule according to your baby’s feeding demand.
The schedule may still change as per your baby’s growth and demand for eating.
It’s normal for your baby to intake food to vary by 20% each day. Day by day he’s growing, and their hunger also grows. So, keep an eye on the baby’s hunger cues and make the schedule accordingly.
The best time for making a solid schedule strategy- at around 6 months, when babies started to eat solids.
By 6 months most babies’ feeding schedules consist of a breast or bottle-feeding plus solid foods every 2 to 3 hours.
What to do if my baby sleeps for long hours?
It’s common for a newborn to become very sleepy for hours and not wake up for feeds.
It’s best to pump the milk or hand expressing to store the breastmilk or cup feeding
If there are some health issues, you should consider cup feeding breastmilk that gives you peace of mind that baby is feeding, without risking dehydration and losing weight.
The best topic ever, WHO a recommendation is to exclusively breastfeed for at least 6 months. There is no limit on how long you can breastfeed your kid!
It depends upon you or baby wish to feed. Mostly baby-led weaning between 1 to 2 years.
Breastfeeding on schedule benefited to moms who have medical problems or who need the convenience.